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ole red, wool sweater, itchy wool

Proven survival gear that works for me| Ole Red, the wool sweater

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A story about Ole Red seems like it should be a country song about a faithful dog. My Ole Red is a wool sweater, and it has never let me down.

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Here is a Trekker completely disassembled. With no moving parts to break or get jammed, the Kelly Kettle is extremely reliable.

Review and video | Base Camp Kelly Kettle as water purification tool

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Purifying water can be critical during an emergency. The Kelly Kettle combines an efficient design for boiling water with the ability to be fueled with biomass. It seemed like a great idea, so I ordered one for testing.

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bark river knives, gunny sidekick

Review: Bark River Gunny Sidekick 3V is great user knife for hunters and outdoorspeople

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The Gunny is one of Bark River’s bestsellers, and one of my favorite EDC knives. The Sidekick combines the Gunny handle with a real user blade. It is going to do very well.

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swiss army classic

Ten holiday gift ideas for the prepper/survival mom or dad

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What holiday gifts do you give your prepper or survival mom or dad? Here are some suggestions for the person who may need everything!

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Hemphill knives, SCS Pantenburg

Do you need a super steel knife blade? Five things to think about

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One of the most important aspects of a knife is the steel in the blade. But at what point does a designer or super steel blade become overkill and an added, unnecessary expense?

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Aurora Hunter, bark river knives

Aurora Hunter: Bark River combines two great knives to make a better hunting knife

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What happens when two great knife designs – the Kalahari blade and Aurora handle – are combined? In this case, a really great hunting knife is the result!

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Patriot cooler and tumbler

Patriot cooler review | Do you need a super cooler survival tool?

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Coolers are great for camping, football tailgate parties and for keeping the beer cold. But, really, do you need an expensive super cooler that keeps ice for days? You might be surprised.

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elk hunting, tips for big game hunters, best hunting knife

Five tips to prepare for western big game hunting

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Got tags for that first western big game hunting trip? Start preparing now! Like right now!

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Genesis 6, LT Wright Knives

Best survival knife? L.T. Wright Genesis 6 proves itself on ‘Alone’

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The L.T. Wright Genesis is one of my go-to bushcraft knives. So it took some convincing that it could be improved upon. If you’re looking for the ultimate bushcraft knife, the Genesis 6 is worth considering.

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The survival medicine handbook

Which Survival Books are Worth Reading?

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Can you depend on survival books to learn new skills? Here’s what to look for.

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